In a startup, passionate employees almost always outperform experienced corporate types who command big bucks.
Johan de Kleer:
One passionate person is worth a thousand people who are just plodding along ...
Customers seem to really like free as a price point. I suspect they will love "less than free."
If we all started thinking a bit more like friends, and a bit less like attention whores, the privacy problem would be solved at a stroke.
Despite our wondrous technologies and scientific advances, we are nurturing a culture of diffusion, fragmentation, and detachment. In this new world, something crucial is missing -- attention.
If I didn't have smartphones in the market for Christmas of '09, this business wouldn't have a runway.
Mr. Jha does not have Motorola flying again, but he at least has it poised for a takeoff.
There's a line from an early Bruce Springsteen song that's been ringing in my head this morning. "Well the runway lies ahead like a great false dawn."
Who can say the worst has passed?
"Bodies were hurled into the air," said Mohammed Fadhil, a 19-year-old bystander. "I saw women and children cut in half."
The short-term needs are the opposite of what is needed in the long term.
Interior Minister Roberto Maroni:
We are closing the net on the super-fugitives.
Have you seen Gomorrah?
Gomorrah has been hailed as a classic mafia movie, which lays bare the savagery of the Neapolitan Camorra and how it developed into a political and cultural force.
From 2006, John Rapley:
As states recede and the new mediaevalism advances, the outside world is destined to move increasingly beyond the control -- and even the understanding -- of the new Rome. The globe's variegated informal and quasi-informal statelike activities will continue to expand, as will the power and reach of those who live by them. The new Romans, like the old, might not enjoy the consequences.
Every empire attempts to expand until it can occupy Afghanistan. Those empires which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.
If anyone ever asks you to be a buffer state, just walk away. It does not look like fun.